I bought 1947 Stinson 108-1.
This is what the pre-buy found
After agreeing on a price/fix.
This is what she looks like on the inside:
Congrats on the purchase. As you can tell by my avatar, I'm a Stinson fan, I've got a ’47 108-1. However it has all the changes that a 108-2 has. Which is a 165hp Franklin instead of the 150hp and a baggage door. They're great airplanes. Don't worry about the Franklin at all, they're bullet proof. Ours always seems to,run a little smoother at 2550rpm rather than the 23-2400 that some people like. It really seems to smoooooth out above 2500rpm. PZL did buy the rights to the engines for a while, you used to be able to get a 180hp version they made but I don't know what happened to it.
Uniavair in Colorado has the type cert for all the airframe parts. As far as I was told if they don't have the part in stock, they'll make one from the drawings. Ours only had left side toe brakes when we bought it. So we bought a brand new set of dual side pedal/brakes from them. There were a few other changes we made that were worth every penny. Swapping out the crappy Goodyear drum brakes for a set of Cleveland wheels/brakes was huge. Ours had a Scott tail wheel but we swapped it out for a newer version we got a deal on. We bought a new fuel selector. I can't think of the name but ours was getting so bad it took two hands to turn it. Now, it simply clicks through the detents buttery smooth. I re-did the front seat bottoms with memory foam from Aircraft Spruce (http://www.aircraftspruce.com/pages/ap/seat_foam/conForFoan.php
). I used the three inch/layer foam from the link. I simply removed the old seat covers, cut the foam to shape, stretched the old seat cover back over and was done. Took less that a day and was probably the best $160 dollars spent. Makes it super comfy on long trips.
We've replaced one cylinder and currently one is getting low. We used a place called Lil' Red Aero in Kearney, NE. That was a few years ago but did very good work. What place have you found that does engine work? Also, of you ever run across Franklin helicopter engines thinking you'll get a good deal, you probably won't. We had a stack of cylinders (most just empty cores) that came with our airplane. One completely overhauled and ready to go. Well, when we went to replace the cylinder I mentioned, the new one was a little off on the bolt pattern. They look identical but unless you put them up against the engine or another cylinder you'd never know they were for the helicopter version and not the fixed wing.
Hopefully I didn't bore you with the post, you've probably heard most of it. I'm sure I'll think of more stuff later, but if you've got any questions at all feel free to pm. We've had ours about ten years and still love it. It looks based on N number ours was about 40 s/n's after yours. Enjoy,